Senators Lose 4-3 (OT) to Oilers

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The Senators welcomed the Edmonton Oilers to Scotiabank Place Saturday afternoon in celebration of Hockey Day in Canada.  The matchup also featured another form of celebration as Chris Phillips was officially honoured for his 1000th NHL game with a pre-game ceremony.  Ottawa hoped to continue the success that surrounded this impressive milestone by sending the Oilers to their 9th straight loss away from home.

And it was the Senators that struck first. Shortly after Ottawa’s first power-play expired, Daniel Alfredsson wired one through Nikolai Khabibulin from just within the blue line to make it 1-0.  The Senators would go on to dominate the remainder of the period, outshooting the Oilers 17-12, but were unable to beat Khabibulin for a second time.   

The second period was a bit more back and forth with both teams getting their chances.  In particular, Craig Anderson made a couple of big saves on Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall during an Oiler power-play to preserve the Senators’ slim lead.  Edmonton would eventually tie it though as Magnus Paajarvi put home a rebound off an Ales Hemsky shot for his 1st goal of the season.  That was quickly answered by Ottawa as Jason Spezza sent Milan Michalek in all alone on Khabibulin at the 16:23 mark.  Michalek deked the Edmonton goaltender for his 1st goal since January 12th and made it 2-1 Sens.   But with just 1:08 left, Ben Eager took a pass on the move and shot it through the pads of Anderson to tie the game again going into the third period.

The Oilers struck quickly in the final frame.  Shawn Horcoff converted an Ales Hemsky pass 42 seconds into the period to give the Oilers their first lead of the game.  Less than 9 minutes later, Erik Karlsson’s second attempt at a shot on net made its way through traffic and past Khabibulin to even the score at 3. 

On to overtime, where Anderson’s rebound control proved to be the deciding factor.  Taylor Hall would come streaking down the wing and get a shot on net.  The rebound was then put on goal again, only for Anderson to fumble it directly to Hall, who was making his way around the net.  A quick backhand toward the empty cage and the Oilers snuck out with the 4-3 overtime victory. 

The Oilers snapped a 2-game losing streak and won for the first time in 9 games away from home.  Nikolai Khabibulin made 39 saves as the game’s first star, while Shawn Horcoff recorded 1 goal and 2 assists.  On a negative note, Sam Gagner’s 5-game point streak came to an end.

For the Senators, Erik Karlsson & Jason Spezza both contributed 2 points a piece.

Daniel Alfredsson & Chris Phillips on the disappointing loss despite getting 1 point.

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Taylor Hall, Magnus Paajarvi & Tom Renney on sneaking out with the overtime victory.

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